Floriole Cafe & Bakery
Owners Sandra and Mathieu Holl turned their Green City Market stand into this Lincoln Park bakery with a glass-paned facade that’s open to the sidewalk. French pastries still rule, including flaky croissants and caramelized canalés—those Bordeaux pâtisseries that resemble little, narrow bundt cakes concealing custardy rum-spiked centers. The brick-and-mortar space has also led to an expanded cafe menu featuring savory polenta topped with butter and breadcrumbs and La Quercia proscuitto sandwiches on baguettes made in house.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.